King Lizzard

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King Lizzard
King Lizzard at Lizzardfest 2003.jpg
King Lizzard at LizzardFest 2003
Background information
Birth name Randall James Colmus
Born (1957-06-02) June 2, 1957 (age 58)
Detroit, Michigan, US
Genres Psychedelic Rock, Experimental Rock, Art Rock, Symphonic Rock, Hard Rock, Classical Music
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, vocalist, producer
Instruments Guitar, Electric Bass, keyboards, synthesizers, Sitar, Mandolin, Percussion
Years active 1978–present
Labels The Orchard (Digital Distribution Company)
Associated acts Legacy, Anti-M, King Lizzard's Hearts of Darkness Band, Living Karma, Grand Cross, Pieter Holland Band
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Telecaster
Gibson SG
Fender Stratocaster

King Lizzard (Randall James Colmus, born June 2, 1957[1]) is an American entertainer and songwriter born in Detroit and living in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Lizzard was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan during the 1960s, but living most of his life in Los Angeles, California.
He is the son of country singer, songwriter Johnny Colmus[2] who wrote songs for Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb.[3]
In 1973 he moved to California where he earned an acting scholarship.[4]
From 1979–1983 he played bass guitar for a band called Legacy, which opened for Cheap Trick, Chuck Berry and Molly Hatchet.[5] Lizzard cites Jimmy Page for his guitar playing style and obsession with the Les Paul Guitar.

In 1997 he moved to Las Vegas where he performed and recorded with his father[6] and adopted the name King Lizzard.
From 1999–2002 he led King Lizzard's Hearts of Darkness Band. From 2001 to 2004 he hosted Inside Sin City and Sounds of Sin on LVRocks Radio.[7]
In 2004 Lizzard played his last show with Pieter Holland and Les Warner of The Cult at the Beach Las Vegas.[8][9]
In 2004 he became an ordained minister.[10]
From 2003 to present he has been working for the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base.[11]
King Lizzard married photographer Queen Lizzard (Lana Colmus)in 2001.[12]
In 2012 King Lizzard joined up with comedian, author and singer Cathe B. Jones, wife of jazz musician and bandleader Mike Jones,[13] to form 'Rat Meets Lizzard (RML)'[14] and record the eight song Love Songs in the Key of Death released on April 16, 2013.
In 2013 he started working on a concept double album entitled EPICK[15] which is a rock opera like concept of the life, death and re-birth of music as embodied by a fictional space traveler named Mr. Mugi. King Lizzard plans to release it as a double vinyl album and has many different genres, guest musicians and vocalists as well as many exotic instruments, including bagpipes, sitar, Theremin and a vintage Oberheim OB-X synthesizer. Planned release is sometime in 2015.


  • The Sin City Symphony (1998)
  • The Patient in Room 666 (2003)
  • ...and friends (2006)
  • The Return of the Patient in Room 666 (2011)
  • Now&Then (2011)
  • Love Songs in the Key of Death (2013)
  • EPICK (2015)


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